Lenten preparation suggestions
by Shirley Putaike, member of the Commission for Women
How is your Lenten Pilgrimage going? John the Baptist quoted Isaiah saying to his followers “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight” Luke 3:4
We are already in the fifth week of Lent and don’t have much more time to prepare our hearts before the Paschal Triduum is upon us. Paula D’Arcy gave us one way we might try. At the Lenten mission last week Paula stressed the importance of creating a holy space around ourselves to allow God to heal and sanctify our minds, our hearts and our spirits. She urges us to take time each day to stand in the love of God, to be present for Grace in the Holy space we open our heart to.
Another help I found is a little book of Saint Teresa of Avila’s teachings. The book is written by Bernard Bangley called a little daily wisdom through the year with Saint Teresa of Avila. On her March 8th daily wisdom Saint Teresa tells us “the soul needs to be led gently. Pay no attention to your desire to stop after only a little time in prayer. Instead, praise the Lord that you want to pray at all. Take a walk outdoors under the sky. This will not harm your prayer.”
We have a rich heritage but our moods change and we have to be continually reminded of what we believe. That is why the Church encourages us to pray, seek out other believers, have frequent Eucharist, make a good confession. All the Church offers us feeds us and keeps our spirits open and alive. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. Roman’s 10:17 Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
We can look forward to Easter with our heads held high in eager expectation and hope.
You can get the book a little daily wisdom from Paraclete Press, Amazon, or ask your book store to order it for you. Those who love Saint Teresa of Avila will be especially blessed.